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By Joy Harvey

Clemence Royer was once a 19th-century Frenchwoman most likely top recognized for generating the 1st French translation of Charles Darwin. despite the fact that, her efforts went a lot additional, encompassing anthropology, physics, philosophy, cosmology, and chemistry. during this full-scale biography, Harvey, a technological know-how historian and previous affiliate editor of Cambridge University's Darwin Correspondence undertaking, strains Royer's outstanding existence.

A feminist who made lifelong enemies nearly as with ease as she made buddies, Royer used to be by no means capable of adopt formal, complicated schooling and used to be a manufactured from her personal self-study efforts. simply in her previous few years used to be she officially famous through a number of specialist societies and offered the French Legion of Honor. Harvey comprises an summary of past biographical remedies, the textual content of an 1874 conversation on "Women, technological know-how, and the beginning Rate," and large notes.

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The publication in France of a previously unknown and unpublished manuscript by Royer about women, sexuality, and the diminished birthrate, first located in the archives of the Société d'Anthropologie by Claude Blanckaert and myself (a translation of which I have appended here), has helped to reopen the discussion of her as a fascinating and controversial figure. 1 There are no independent sources to tell us about Clémence Royer as a child. 2The only other source is her novel written just before she turned thirty, which gives us insight into her view of how the life of an independently minded young woman should proceed.

The impractical sharing of moral power, which by its nature is indivisible, results only in sapping the root of the child's confidence and obliges her to choose between two guides ... Like you, I have the conviction ... "34 The 1848 revolution, soon after her eighteenth birthday, came as an illumination to Clémence. " Her faith in her father's political beliefs was shattered, and she adopted republican convictions, which she defended coherently against her relatives. "35 Although she initially knew about this revolution only through journals, news events, posters, and town criers, she was inspired by reading the poet and historian Lamartine who supported the Second Republic.

Even if it brings me death, I will drink the poison. I aspire to goodness, to truth, to dreams of glory. No, I no longer wish to believe in vain terrors. To battle, my mind calls out, blessing you. Like a horseshoe striking granite, it throws A thousand sparks into the night, Struggle produces nothing but renewed ardor. Attentive to their voices, I hear the Gods' commands. March! 42 She never lost her devotion to the image of the Second Republic, and her later enthusiasm about the group of exiled republicans she met in Switzerland must have derived from this early commitment.

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